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Tokyo Designer’s Week 2007

tokyodesignersweek.pngFrom 31st of October to 4th of November, 2007, “Tokyo Designers Week” has been held at Meiji Jingu Gaien in Aoyama, Tokyo.

It was an art festival with more than 1,000 exhibitors,companies, school, embassies, & designers from over 20 countries around the world.


The “BLICKFANG” trade show, which has been held in Switzerland and Germany and “Japan Brand Exhibition” were there for the first time.


70 shops of interior, zakka and select shops in Tokyo also joined the week as “shop exhibition”, too.


Tokyo Designer’s Week 2007
JAPAN brand

BINGATA:Okinawa’s traditional fabric Dye-Work


BINGATA is a famous Okinawa’s traditional fabric Dye-Work. The technique does not use patterns such as stencils, but it uses starches to be put on the fabric and dyes it.

The “BINTANYA”, located in Aoyama, Tokyo, offers BINGATA “washi” and other paper made products. They don’t have fabric products, but are specialized in paper’s. You can even order BINGATA patterned custom business cards from them!

1-1-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-KU Tokyo Aoyama Twin Bld West 2F

Art Paper Cafe BINGATAYA
Bingata – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

yen wear exhibition

yen ware exhibition

“yen ware exhibition” has been held at the collex LIVIN in Daikanyama. “yen ware” is a carbolated design brand by Rui Fukuda, a potter, and Toshirou Nakamura, a graphic designer.

yen ware exhibition

The father of Rui, who has been influenced by Bernard Leach had restored the “shodaiyaki” pottery studio, and Rui has took it over from him as the second generation
successor. At the opening party, people enjoyed Udon, Onigiri rice-ball and SAKEserved there.

yen ware exhibition

collex LIVING

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collex – yen ware exhibition 07
Bernard Leach – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

kamon generator

kamon generator

Kamon is a family symbol pattern, which has been passed down in each family for generations. Nowadays you don’t see it in everyday life. So many of you may even not know what your Kamon is.

kamon generator aya-taka

This new online service, which generates your Kamon by entering your name & date of birth, has started recently. This is a part of promotional activities conducted by Coca-Cola Japan for their Japanese green-tea beverage product.

Unfortunately only Japanese text is accepted. So I have tried to enter a few celebrities’ names in Japanese and get their Kamon made. How are they like?
Any Kawaii designs?

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    3 pigs on her kamon!

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    handmade 8bit graphic “.s”

    Handmade 8bit graphic

    A toy called 「.s」 is like a combination of blocks and a puzzle where
    you create a picture of dots by putting coloured “dot pin” into a
    panel with lots of holes.


    There is a kit you can use to create your favourite game character!
    You can simulate this on a web to see how to do it and if you click on
    a character, it will display a pattern of the picture so that you can
    use it for cross-stitching as well.



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